Meet The Meagher Family - House #67

My name is Nichole Meagher and I am the single mother of two young children. My daughter is 4 and my son is 2 years old. They both love to play outdoors and are full of energy. As a single mother, I found myself struggling to survive in a cycle of temporary, seasonal employment and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). I needed to end the cycle and find a way to break out. During my last layoff from my seasonal employment I volunteered with WorkSource Rogue Valley to better prepare myself for the workforce and to learn new skills with the clerical internship. Once completed I applied and was selected to become a full-time staff member and Program Assistant. Now that I was able to provide permanent stability to the financial livelihood of my family, I needed to focus on our housing situation.

My current housing situation currently has many issues. All three of us live in a single-wide trailer in Medford. We all share the one bedroom and space is very tight. There is a mold problem with the drafty windows, the bathroom floor is falling in, and my front door doesn’t lock securely. My neighborhood is very unsafe and I do not let my kids play outside.

Habitat for Humanity providing my family and me the opportunity to live in a place that is safe, healthy and in a safe neighborhood is a huge blessing. I am excited that I will be able to raise my kids in that environment will make the difference and an impact on the rest of their lives.

Meet The Paxton Family - House #68

I am a 37 year old single mother of two, my daughter Maryn, age 11 and my son Van, age 7. I have worked for Harry and David for 5 years, trying to support my children the best I can and looking for affordable housing. In July 2013 we needed to flee an abusive situation and moved into my parents’ house hoping the living situation would be temporary. They have a small 1050sf home with four adults and two children all sharing the space, it’s crowded.  My children have been sleeping in the living room; Maryn sleeps on the couch and Van on the floor.  They call it their “bedroom” and have never complained about their sleeping arrangements.  It breaks my heart that I can’t provide them with adequate living quarters; I believe they are exceptional kids and are always in good spirit, considering what we have all been through.

What this home will mean to us is an abundance of positives; I don’t even know where to begin! For all of us it is the gratification of being in our own home, a goal we have been hoping and praying for, for the past 5 years. We will have a sense of well-being and pride, have our own rooms and our own space. Maryn and Van can have friends stay the night!  I will be a homeowner; that in itself is a rewarding milestone to reach in life and my children can finish out their childhood in the same home.  We will share responsibilities, duties and pride in maintaining our own home.  Thank you Habitat for Humanity for giving us this opportunity, I am deeply moved and honored more than words can express.  I am whole heartedly indebted and ready and willing to help future families reach their dreams. 

Meet The Strahan Family - House #69

After years of struggling financially, I moved from California to Oregon to begin a new life. It was in Oregon that I met my wife and we began our life together. In 2004 I rented a two bedroom mobile home in West Medford. It needed a lot of repairs to make livable but I thought I could do much of the repairs myself and I was also thinking that it would be better than to continue living in are motorhome. I thought this would be temporary living, just for now. In 2005 we had our son and then in 2006 along came my daughter and here we are, still living in this temporary situation. Now a single dad of two, on disability due to a serious truck accident on the job a few years ago, we have been struggling financially to find better living conditions for me and my children. Before I was injured I was able to perform some of the maintenance needed to make our home better but in the end it is still a 1970’s single-wide. Even though it is the only place we have to call home, this structure is plagued with things like bad plumbing, inefficient heating, bad floors throughout the house and around toilet. It has no insulation and is very inefficient. Utilities bills run over $300 a month in the winter and we are still constantly cold. Now its 2018 we have managed to survive in this place for 14 years and thinking there isn't much hope in changing our situation. I was told by a friend about Habitat for Humanity that we should sign up, so I thought “OK, what do I have to lose?” and I applied. After a couple months and following the application process, the Habitat people showed up at my door welcoming us into their family. WOW! We were amazed that we were accepted and are still so overwhelmed.  We know it will take a lot of work but now our family has hope for the future! Now my daughter says “Yahoo! I get my own room”. Thank you Habitat for the awesome new life ahead that you’re giving us. We are so grateful! 

Meet The Hinojosa Family - House #TBD

I’m a momma of three teens, two of which still live at home. Lynnea is 15 and Jacob, my youngest son, is 14.  We moved to the Rogue Valley four years ago from Southern California with high hopes to rebuild our family but shortly after arriving things took a turn for the worse. The kid’s father and I divorced and had both been battling drug addiction.  It was devastating for us. Our hopes of a new start seemed to go right out the window. 

                To get back on track my children and I lived in transitional housing for two years while I worked hard to complete addiction treatment.  After recovery and finding sobriety we now rent a small two-bedroom apartment. Our rent is very expensive at $895 a month and we do not receive any rental assistance. I work as much as possible to make ends barely meet but on one income it is difficult to stay afloat. We are grateful to have a roof over our heads but it is pretty tight with myself and two teens.

                It was suggested that I apply for housing through Habitat for Humanity.  I honestly thought this opportunity was far out of my reach… but there may be a glimpse of hope so I did it! What a dream come true to be chosen! Miracles do happen! This means the world to my kids and I and we are proud to partner with Habitat and spread the good news of what they do for so many here and around the world.

Meet the Alfrey Family - House #71

Aisa Alfrey is the mother of two young children; Annabelle age 8 and Jackson age 3. Aisa, her boyfriend and their children were living in Grants Pass until it was discovered that the individual they were living with was not safe for her children to be around. Needing to move quickly, moving in with her mother was the only available option but there was only room for Aisa and the children. Aisa and the kids share one small bedroom at her mother's home in Talent while the children's father is at his mother's home in Gold Hill. This Habitat home will be the blessing that allows Aisa to reunite her family and bring everyone together under the same roof. She is excited to provide her family a safe and stable place to always call home.

Meet the Gravatt Family - House #72

Our family has always lived by our family bible verse. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Our struggles have been many and our blessings as well. We have walked by faith into an unknown future knowing that the Lord will guide every step of our journey. Through the good, being married for 10 years, our beautiful children, Malachi (7), Makenna (6), Mason (3) and Mckinley (1) and the blessing of a good job for my husband Joe. We have also gone through the bad, losing jobs, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes when our first son was only 6 months old that put Joe in the ICU for 6 days and the loss of children. There are days that seemed never-ending and tough and days that our lives were forever changed. 

We have always tried to look at the brighter side of things and when we moved into our current house it was perfect for my husband, myself and a baby on the way. A two bedroom house for three. 8 years later we are now a family of 6 in a two bedroom and things have gotten tight. We do the best we can, but the housing market is tough. We have not been able to find anything in our budget. It has always been we can have a bigger house, but we wouldn’t be able to have anything else like food, electricity, clothes, diapers, a car, and necessities. When we heard of Habitat for Humanity we were not sure if we would qualify, but we took a leap of faith to see if this was the next step in our journey. A new home partnered with Habitat would mean everything to us. To be able to have a place we can call ours, a place to have our very first dining room table (we have never had the space for one), a place our kids can invite friends over to and a place our boys could have their own space and our girls could have their own space, too. A place we can call a forever home. 

Meet the William's Family House #57

Welcome to your new home Williams Family!

 

Elena Williams and Shawn Prewitt have three children which include nine year old Aniya, three year old Amari who has cerebral palsy and baby Julian. This home was dedicated on June 26th 2016. The William’s family home was part of our Apostle’s Build project. 

Meet the Cortez Family - House #58

Welcome to your new home Cortez Family!

 

Isabel Cortez is a single mother of three children; Rodrigo age 4, Jocelyn age 6, and Deyanira age 9 and has worked full time for the past 4 years. This home was dedicated on December 17th 2016.

Our 2016 “Women Build” home in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement

Meet the Neill Family - House #59
Welcome to your new home Neill Family!
 
April Neill is a single mother of Nicholas a mentally challenged 20 year old who is working at a local grocery store.  April works as a dietary aide for a local retirement home.  This home was dedicated on December 17th 2016 and was our annual Women's Build home for 2016.
Meet the Brownlow Family - House #61

Welcome to your new home Brownlow Family!

 

Tim and Bianca Brownlow are the parents of three young children; Matthew, Isabella, and Madilyn, the baby. The Brownlow family was renting a small, two-bedroom home in Rogue River and were dealing with all of it's many flaws. Their home was dedicated on Novemeber 19, 2018 and was the Apostle Build project for Rogue River.

Meet the Flanagan Family - House #66

Welcome to your new home Flanagan Family!

Chris and Alicia Flanagan are the parents of four children; Logan age 11, Liam and Aiden (twin boys) age 7 and their daughter, Grace, age 4. The Flanagan family was growing and on their way to success when the Recession swept the rug out from under the carpentry business where Chris was employed. After recovering from the Recession, the rental crisis has prevented them from being able to afford to provide their family with the safe and stable home they had always dreamed of, especially for the twins that are both diagnosed with autism and ADHD. They are excited to leave behind their unsafe, overcrowded apartment and begin the process of building their "forever home".

This home was dedicated on May 11th, 2019.

Meet the Nielson Family - House #60

Welcome to your new home Nielson Family!

 

Melissa Nielson is the single mother of two children; Levi  and Zoey. As a single mother, Melissa tried desperately to keep her place but with a huge rent increase and the loss of one income, she soon realized it was impossible. She was left with no choice but to move her family in with her parents in Rogue River. Their home was dedicated on Novemeber 19, 2018 and was the Apostle Build project for Rogue River.

Meet Bill Hahey - House #63

Welcome to your new home Bill!

William Hahey has one grown daughter and has been a proud resident of the Rogue Valley for over 30 years. Bill was born prematurely and this trauma at birth caused him to be totally blind. He grew up attending many schools and programs specifically geared towards children with blindness. Those schools taught him how to live independently and helped to develop his love of music. Bill is a very accomplished musician and has played and toured with many local bands. He currently lives in an older motorhome at a mobile home park in Ashland. His space rent is quite expensive and many of his appliances only operate on propane. This is a large problem for Bill because his vision impairment makes it impossible to carry heavy propane tanks to a refill location, miles away. He is excited for the opportunity to own a stable,  long-term home and that he will not have to move ever again.

Bill's home was dedicated to him on March 10th, 2018.

Our 2017 “Women Build” home in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement

Meet Jude Forler - House #62

Welcome to your new home Jude!

Jude Forler has one adult daughter and one grandson. She settled back into the Rogue Valley for the last time in 2001 and is here to stay. While living in Hawaii, the events of Sept 11th helped her realize the larger role she wanted to play in the lives of her Oregon-based family and friends. She settled into an affordable manufactured home in Medford and found full-time work. After the economic downturn and a layoff, Jude quickly found herself in a hopeless situation. Her park rent DOUBLED, her aging trailer began to "crumble around her" and with a very limited income and no other resources, no attainable solutions were on the horizon. The situation became even more dire when Jude received word of a possible eviction because her home was not "up to park standards". At the point of no other solutions, Jude found Habitat. She applied and was selected in November of 2016. She is excited to "age gracefully" in a home that is warm, safe and affordable.

Jude's home was dedicated to her on March 10th, 2018.

Meet The Torres Family - House #64

Welcome to your new home Torres Family!

Carlos and Sandra Torres have three children; Joseph age 15, Melida age 13, and Briana age 6. Originally from El Salvador, Carlos and Sandra moved their family from California to Oregon in 2012. During their time in California both Sandra and Carlos were victims of theft and violence that resulted in identity theft. The identity theft left their credit destroyed, making renting difficult at best, and purchasing a house, unthinkable. After their move to Oregon they were able to rent a small apartment for a year, but black mold sent them looking for better living conditions. In 2013 they found a much older mobile home to purchase and were grateful for the stability. The Torres family soon realized that their new home had some very serious issues. It was very poorly insulated causing extremely high electric bills, some serious electrical and wiring issues began to occur and their space rent has increased drastically since their move. Out of ideas, and with credit still in recovery from identity theft, Carlos talked to a friend who mentioned Habitat for Humanity and their mission. With a spark of hope, the Torres family applied to be considered as a recipient family and attended the orientation. To their great surprise and with hearts overfilled with gratitude to God, to Habitat for Humanity and the incredible people who work to make this program possible. They are thrilled to receive a home to fit the needs of their family and be able to offer their children a secure and comfortable refuge they will call “home.”

This home was dedicated on August 25, 2018

Meet The Ibarra-Reid Family - House #65

Welcome to your new home Ibarra Reid Family! Raymond Ibarra and Kellie Reid are the parents of their one year old daughter, Kyliah. This small family was just getting settled into a rented trailer in Eagle Point when new park ownership provided notices to vacate to any owner who could not provide proof of ownership. Sadly, the owner of their trailer was one of the people who could not provide proof of ownership and the family was forced to move. With the challenge of a tight rental market and time not on their side the family has been staying in an old garage that they transformed into a room at Kellie’s grandparents’ home. Their private room/garage is detached from the main house with less than appropriate living standards. In order to have access to any amenities or running water they must travel from their converted room outside to the main home. In the main home they share the kitchen and the single bathroom with the entire household, ten individuals in total.

They first heard about the Habitat for Humanity housing program via the digital sign out front of the Medford Restore. At first, they were hesitant and doubtful, being that they work so excessively. They figured what would be the harm in checking out the requirements and what this partnership is all about. Astounded, they were one of the families chosen. They said “This opportunity means the world to us! Growing up, both of us were constantly moving around. The prospect of our daughter having a safe and stable environment to set out in makes all our dreams come true.”

This home was dedicated on April 6th 2019.

Meet The Holland Family - House #70

Welcome to your new home Holland Family!

We remember being hopeful last October when our friend and neighbor brought us information on how to apply to become Habitat homeowners. We didn’t want to get our hopes up but knew that being accepted was definitely a possibility. We are soon to be a family of five and besides longing to attain the dream of home ownership, we are bursting at the seams in our small home!  My husband and I have two beautiful little girls: Izzy 8, Hannah 3, and we are expecting our son, Isaic, in June. 

                My husband works full time and to save on the very expensive cost of childcare, I stay at home with our children. With only one income we don’t qualify for the average mortgage loan and with the current rental market, moving to a larger home and doubling our rent wasn’t an option.  So we stayed put in the little two-bedroom duplex that we rent and trusted in the Lord to someday provide a way for us to have a larger home of our own.  We just had no idea that God’s plan would include Habitat for Humanity and that it could happen this soon! We really believe that Habitat is a bridge to many, many blessings, one of them being a comfortable home for our children.

                Habitat for Humanity and all those who work together to serve their community are not only helping my husband and I with the opportunity to purchase an affordable “forever” home but also helping the next generation to have a safe and stable place to grow up in. Thank you to all the hands, staff and volunteers, that have helped make our dream and the dreams of others a reality. You helped make a way for us when it seemed that there was no way.  We are so grateful and excited.

Their home was dedicated on October 16, 2019

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